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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

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Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
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Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
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Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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With two free shows in the next few days, Maggie McClure has double the opportunity to show why she’s big in Japan.

Joshua Boydston June 1st, 2011

Maggie McClure with Shane Henry
10 p.m. Thursday
The Deli, 309 White, Norman, 321-7048

Maggie McClure

7:30 p.m. Sunday
Lions Park, 400 S. Flood, Norman, 307-9320

The sweet, sincere Maggie McClure might not seem too imposing in person, but she’s huge in Japan.

“I was sent a picture of the display in one of the record stores over in Tokyo — a life-size cutout of me. That was a little weird to see,” said the Normanite, laughing. “Then they sent me another photo with my album on the shelf in between Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift. It was kind of surreal.”

The quaint, indie-pop singer — in the vein of Norah Jones and previous tour mate Sara Bareilles — inked a distribution deal with a Japanese label, and while you won’t find cardboard cutouts of McClure in stores stateside, she’s made progress in reaching more familiar audiences.

Songs from her self-titled debut and follow-up EP “Good Morning & Good Night” have brought a little sincerity to TV shows like “The Hills” and “The Young and the Restless.”

“I try to write stuff that is straight from me,” McClure said. “I think people can connect to the sense of realness the songs have, and I think it’s pretty cool that they can hear the song and know that it’s not made-up, and was written to touch people’s lives.”

Now in her mid-20s, McClure has been laying the foundation for this career for nearly as long as she has been alive: performing, dancing and singing since preschool, and writing her first songs before hitting double digits.

“I found the lyric sheet I wrote when I was, like, 8 years old. There was still the verse, chorus, bridge. It was crazy that I even knew song structure back then,” she said. “There’s a little more depth and maturity to it now, but you’ve got to start somewhere, I guess.”

Having performed solo for so long, recent years have opened the alluring chanteuse to working with others, including fellow Okie Shane Henry, even if it initially was odd.

“At first, it was a little weird. ...

I’ve done it a lot over the last five years,” McClure said. “The songs we started turning out were really good. It was just adding another person to the mix that made it a little better than I could have made it alone. I definitely have a new appreciation for collaboration.”

She recently appeared at Los Angeles’ MUSEXPO, the international talent showcase that helped introduce pop stars Katy Perry and Jessie J — drawing ever nearer to realizing her goal of being huge all over the world.

“My wildest dream at 13 was to be famous, but I had no clue I’d be a singer-songwriter, playing piano and playing songs that really mean something to me,” McClure said. “Doing what I’ve been doing, I hoped it would happened, but never knew how it could. It’s pretty awesome.”

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